USS Azimech (AK-124) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Azimech was a cargo ship that served the US Navy during World War II. This vessel belonged to the Crater-class and it was named after a star in the Virgo constellation. This ship performed different tasks during its service; it delivered goods, equipment, and troops. This vessel was laid down in 1943 by the Permanente Metals Corporation in Richmond, California. In October 1943, the ship was converted into a Navy vessel. Then, it was commissioned under the command of Earl P. Gaither. The USS Azimech started its service by joining the Service Squadron 8, US Pacific Fleet. After discharging its first cargo, it sailed to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard for an overhaul. After it got what it needed, the Azimech sailed to the Gilbert Islands. In 1944, the ship participated in the Tarawa war operations and after unloading its cargo, it returned to Pearl Harbor. Then, it sailed to Majuro and Eniwetok, Ulithi, Kossol Roads. In 1945, the Azimech went to Puget Sound Navy Yard for repairs. Her last missions were unloading cargo at Guam and Ulithi. After the end of the war, the ship was decommissioned and struck from the Navy in 1946. 

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

Shipmates on USS Azimech (AK-124)

Earl Paul Gaither

unknown age

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John J. Hay

unknown age

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Joseph Salvador Kludjian

unknown age

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Thomas Eugene Method

93 years old

Dead

James Nihart

unknown age

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Stafford G. Sherrod

unknown age

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